Medford, Oregon (April 3, 2015) – He’s been part of southern Oregon and northern California's morning routine for decades, but after nearly 30 years with NewsWatch 12, news anchor Ron Brown has announced his retirement.
“I was doing a little calculating in my head trying to go to sleep the other night,” says Brown, “and figured that after 29 years, doing about 250 stories a year, that's between 6 or 7 thousand stories I've covered over the last three decades. Gads! Where did the time go?”
Ron Brown is the longest-serving TV news anchor in southern Oregon. He’s anchored NewsWatch 12 This Morning since it launched in the early 1990’s. Brown joined the station as reporter in March of 1986 and has tackled assignments that have taken him around the world, including to Vietnam and Russia.
“Ron has made a tremendous contribution to the profession, beyond the stories he presents every day,” said Mark Hatfield, NewsWatch 12 Vice President & General Manager. “He has been a mentor to the many reporters and anchors who’ve started their careers here at NewsWatch 12. Ron has helped shape generations of journalists who are doing great service in communities all over the country, and he will be missed.”
During his career, Brown has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting, including an Oregon Heritage Award for his popular Oregon Century 1.5 series commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial. That series evolved to become Oregon Trails. Since his first Oregon Trails report, Ron has produced hundreds of stories chronicling the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of our part of the Pacific Northwest.
Brown was born and raised in southern Oregon. He lived in Klamath Falls until he was five and his family moved to the Rogue Valley. Ron went to elementary and middle school in Gold Hill and graduated from Crater High School in Central Point. He set off to college in Utah and earned his BFA in Radio and Television from Brigham Young University in 1972. Following graduation, Ron served three years in the Army with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam.
His career in broadcasting started in 1980 at KRWQ radio in Gold Hill as the station’s news anchor. “I remember one period of time early in my career I filled in as assignment editor,” Brown says, “and even filled in covering the weather”.
Ron's last day on-air is set for Friday, May 29th. Join NewsWatch 12 throughout the month of May in a celebration of Ron’s career as we revisit some of his favorite stories from the last three decades.
“Maybe I'll enjoy taking it easy when I retire,” Ron suggests, thinking back through all the stories covered throughout his career. He shakes his head. “No. Not really. There are just other things I need to get done.”
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